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Bob Shiles

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E-Mail Address: bshiles@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-416-5165


About Bob Shiles

Covering county government, state government and Maxton

Latest Stories by Bob Shiles

LUMBERTON — State Reps. Garland Pierce and Charles Graham say the House's proposed budget for the next two years is better than they expected, but both Democrats believe it will look much different after the Senate gets done with it.
The budget, which calls for spending of about $22.2 billion — or about $1.1 billion more than the prese

Legislators favor budget, expect changes

LUMBERTON — State Reps. Garland Pierce and Charles Graham say the House's proposed budget for the next two years is better than they expected, but both Democrats believe it will look much different after the Senate gets done with it. The budget, which calls for spending of about $22.2 billion — or about $1.1 billion more than the prese

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday approved $15,000 for the tribe's Elections Board so that preparations can get under way for the fall elections, during which council members and a chairman will be elected.
The $15,000, however, does not include the cost of administering the election, which according to the board chairman, She

Tribe OKs $15,000 for fall elections

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday approved $15,000 for the tribe's Elections Board so that preparations can get under way for the fall elections, during which council members and a chairman will be elected. The $15,000, however, does not include the cost of administering the election, which according to the board chairman, She

RED SPRINGS — Local military veterans were told Thursday to go directly to Fayetteville VA Medical Center's top administrator, Elizabeth Goolsby, when they have medical problems that have failed to be resolved by others in the system.
“She will step in and find the main source of the problem,” Karla Carter, founder of the K&L

Veterans told how to find help

RED SPRINGS — Local military veterans were told Thursday to go directly to Fayetteville VA Medical Center's top administrator, Elizabeth Goolsby, when they have medical problems that have failed to be resolved by others in the system. “She will step in and find the main source of the problem,” Karla Carter, founder of the K&L

Local man miffed at Maxton fountain's condition

MAXTON — A Laurinburg businessman man who donated the fountain to Maxton's downtown park about two years ago is ready to remove it. Frank Lea told town commissioners Tuesday that the town has not maintained the fountain properly. He said the water is rarely checked for level and clarity, excess chlorine has discolored the paint, and that he

LUMBERTON — With the July 1 deadline for the county to adopt its budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year six weeks away, the Robeson County Board of Commissioners fielded budget requests from several organizations Monday, all of which told the board that they need extra funding to continue providing programs for the people they serve.
The commiss

Veterans office seeks $50,000 from the county

LUMBERTON — With the July 1 deadline for the county to adopt its budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year six weeks away, the Robeson County Board of Commissioners fielded budget requests from several organizations Monday, all of which told the board that they need extra funding to continue providing programs for the people they serve. The commiss

Man miffed at fountain's condition

MAXTON — A Laurinburg businessman man who donated the fountain to Maxton's downtown park about two years ago is ready to remove it. Frank Lea told town commissioners Tuesday that the town has not maintained the fountain properly. He said the water is rarely checked for level and clarity, excess chlorine has discolored the paint, and that he

LUMBERTON — Judge J. Stanley Carmical has worked with a lot of trial attorneys during his years on the bench, but none like Kimberly Jones.
“Kim was special,” said Carmical,,Robeson County's chief District Court judge. “She was an experienced, capable trial attorney, but what made her special is out of all the trial attorne

Attorney Jones dies at 49, recalled as being 'special'

LUMBERTON — Judge J. Stanley Carmical has worked with a lot of trial attorneys during his years on the bench, but none like Kimberly Jones. “Kim was special,” said Carmical,,Robeson County's chief District Court judge. “She was an experienced, capable trial attorney, but what made her special is out of all the trial attorne

Carbon plant coming

LUMBERTON — Asbury Carbons Inc. is opening a plant in Lumberton that will create 25 jobs over the next three years and include an investment in Robeson County of $8 million. “We would like to thank Asbury Carbons for selecting a new home in our county,” said Noah Woods, chairman of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners. ̶

Carbon plant picks Robeson, to add 25 jobs

LUMBERTON — Asbury Carbons Inc. is opening a plant in Lumberton that will create 25 jobs over the next three years and include an investment in Robeson County of $8 million. The company is locating to a site behind the old Converse building on Lowe Road that currently houses five buildings encompassing 142,000 square feet. The buildings have

FAIRMONT — For former Fairmont resident Libby Daniel, visiting the Fairmont Heritage Days festival on Saturday brought back a lot of good childhood memories.
“I was really excited when I found out they were doing this,” said Daniel, who now lives in Fayetteville and is a retired banker. “I moved here to Fairmont when I was

Fairmont turns back the clock

FAIRMONT — For former Fairmont resident Libby Daniel, visiting the Fairmont Heritage Days festival on Saturday brought back a lot of good childhood memories. “I was really excited when I found out they were doing this,” said Daniel, who now lives in Fayetteville and is a retired banker. “I moved here to Fairmont when I was

Forum gives vets with benefits info

RED SPRINGS — A Stand Down for U.S. military veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Red Springs Community Center. It will be the second Stand Down in an individual commissioner's district rather than just a centralized meeting in Lumberton. Thursday's event is being held in District 5, which is represented by Commission

PEMBROKE — COMtech officials are struggling to find an executive director with the right stuff to lead the business park located just outside of Pembroke into the future.
“We need someone with enthusiasm about COMtech, what it stands for and where it needs to go,” said Ronnie Hunt, the longtime chairman of COMtech 's 12-member bo

COMtech struggles to find right person as executive director

PEMBROKE — COMtech officials are struggling to find an executive director with the right stuff to lead the business park located just outside of Pembroke into the future. “We need someone with enthusiasm about COMtech, what it stands for and where it needs to go,” said Ronnie Hunt, the longtime chairman of COMtech 's 12-member bo

LUMBERTON — The fate of driver's education for students in Robeson County's public schools appears to be in the hands of state legislators.
School officials are waiting to see if the state will continue to fund driver's education, make it a mandatory program but not provide the funding, or perhaps follow the recommendation of Gov. Pat McCror

Schools worry about driver's ed funding

LUMBERTON — The fate of driver's education for students in Robeson County's public schools appears to be in the hands of state legislators. School officials are waiting to see if the state will continue to fund driver's education, make it a mandatory program but not provide the funding, or perhaps follow the recommendation of Gov. Pat McCror

PEMBROKE — A Lumbee woman frustrated that tribal officials have ignored her concerns about living conditions at her tribe-owned home walked into the tribe's Housing Complex on Wednesday and dumped roaches she had carried in two grocery bags onto the floor.
“These have been my problem and now they are yours,” Monica Locklear said

Angered woman turns The Turtle into roach motel

PEMBROKE — A Lumbee woman frustrated that tribal officials have ignored her concerns about living conditions at her tribe-owned home walked into the tribe's Housing Complex on Wednesday and dumped roaches she had carried in two grocery bags onto the floor. “These have been my problem and now they are yours,” Monica Locklear said

Bike ride to honor slain cyclists

LUMBERTON — Area cyclists will have the chance Wednesday to participate in a Ride of Silence, an event honoring those who have been injured or killed while cycling along public roadways. Coordinated by the Robeson Roadrunners, the event comes about four months after a founding member of the Robeson Road Runners, Jeff Cushing, was killed whil

LUMBERTON — Rain couldn't keep postal carriers away from their job Saturday of collecting food as part of the annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive that is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Despite Tropical Storm Ana's arrival, carriers from the Lumberton office, which serves both Lumberton and Pembroke, picked up 13,243 poun

Postal workers deliver for hungry

LUMBERTON — Rain couldn't keep postal carriers away from their job Saturday of collecting food as part of the annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive that is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Despite Tropical Storm Ana's arrival, carriers from the Lumberton office, which serves both Lumberton and Pembroke, picked up 13,243 poun

LUMBERTON — The school board has decided to cancel the meeting during which members would have hashed out which superintendent candidates they want to interview, opting instead to submit the names of their five favorite candidates to the North Carolina Association of School Boards and let the state association tally the results and schedule t

Board won't trim list

LUMBERTON — The school board has decided to cancel the meeting during which members would have hashed out which superintendent candidates they want to interview, opting instead to submit the names of their five favorite candidates to the North Carolina Association of School Boards and let the state association tally the results and schedule t

MAXTON — Maxton Mayor Sallie McLean will be conducting much of town business during the last six months of her term in office through the use of modern technology.
McLean has been awarded a six-month, $30,000 sabbatical through the Z.S mith Reynolds Foundation's Sabbatical Program and says she plans to spend the time traveling and visiting f

Maxton mayor awarded sabbatical

MAXTON — Maxton Mayor Sallie McLean will be conducting much of town business during the last six months of her term in office through the use of modern technology. McLean has been awarded a six-month, $30,000 sabbatical through the Z.S mith Reynolds Foundation's Sabbatical Program and says she plans to spend the time traveling and visiting f

LUMBERTON — The chief financial officer for the Public Schools of Robeson County expressed frustration Tuesday over that the state has not provided local school districts the financial information they need to prepare budgets for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
“All I can do at this time is present a continuation budget based on th

Budget questions loom

LUMBERTON — The chief financial officer for the Public Schools of Robeson County expressed frustration Tuesday over that the state has not provided local school districts the financial information they need to prepare budgets for the fiscal year that begins July 1. “All I can do at this time is present a continuation budget based on th

LUMBERTON — Robeson County legislators say they are still hopeful that legislation will soon be passed that will exempt state taxes on admission tickets to agricultural fairs.
According to Allen Faircloth, president of the Robeson Regional Fair Board, if legislation approved during the 2014 session and effective Jan. 1 had been in effect dur

Officials hopeful about fair tax exemption

LUMBERTON — Robeson County legislators say they are still hopeful that legislation will soon be passed that will exempt state taxes on admission tickets to agricultural fairs. According to Allen Faircloth, president of the Robeson Regional Fair Board, if legislation approved during the 2014 session and effective Jan. 1 had been in effect dur





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